Conductor Harding learning quickly

Posted on: October 28, 2010

In Thursday’s (10/28) Wall Street Journal, Barbara Jepson writes, “From his early 20s, British conductor Daniel Harding has had the privilege of honing his considerable talent with many of the world’s best orchestras. Mentored by prominent maestros Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado, the 35-year-old musician enjoys a blue-chip career in Europe, regularly appearing as guest conductor with the Royal Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonic, La Scala and the Vienna Philharmonic. Yet as Mr. Harding acknowledges, life in the musical fast lane can get bumpy at times. … His coming U.S. engagements provide ample opportunity to assess Mr. Harding anew in the wake of a highly regarded recording of Britten’s ‘Billy Budd’ for Virgin Classics, and growing recognition of his skills as a Brahms interpreter. In March 2011, he is scheduled to conduct the New York Philharmonic, but audiences there and in other parts of the country will not have to wait that long to see him at work. On Saturday, Mr. Harding and the Dresden Staatskapelle began an eight-city tour of U.S. concert halls, with stops to come in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.”

Posted October 28, 2010